A row of five small old computers.
Nick Montfort’s five Commodore 64 programs running on five of the taupe keyboard-and-CPU units. Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 2014. Photo: Courtesy of the artist.

#!/usr/bin/perl; print “Nick Montfort reads #! and other computational poems at the List \n”;

Samuel Johnson’s shortsighted critique of Tristram Shandy, an 18th century novel unmatched in its day for its experimental use of typographic layout and print technology, was that “nothing odd will do long.” Nick Montfort’s new book of poems #! (pronounced … Continued